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  • CalHHS Secretary Extends Mask Mandate to Mid-February

    Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH, California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) secretary, has extended California’s indoor mask mandate by another full month. The masking requirement intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic now runs through February 15. While citing a recent surge in the state’s positivity rate to over 21 percent, Ghaly also noted data on […]

  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

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    Amazon Faces Penalties in Three States

    More fines for Amazon in New York, Illinois, Florida

    • OSHA proposed a fine of $60,269 for Amazon after finding injury lists at three warehouses put workers at “high risk for lower back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.
    • The warehouses in this part of OSHA’s investigation of Amazon.com were in Waukegan, Illinois, a Chicago suburb; New Windsor, New York; and Deltona, Florida.
    • Inspectors blamed the higher injury rate on the “high frequency with which workers are required to lift packages and other items.
    • The Deltona facility also got cited for exposing workers to struck-by hazards in that merchandise was unevenly stacked and/or not secured to prevent them from collapsing.

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    Protecting OSHA

    • Congress should look at a wide range of necessary reforms for OSHA and workplace safety, according to David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan.
    • Lawmakers should expand OSHA coverage across the nation.
    • They also must ensure the department tasked with enforcing it is fully funded and staffed.
    • Several categories of workers, including workers thought to be adequately protected by previously existing safety laws, are not included in OSH Act coverage.

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    Long-term care facilities adjusting to OSHA rules

    • New enforcement guidelines from OSHA will change the way long-term care facilities implement safety guidelines for workers,
    • These sites must now assess their vulnerability to OSHA violations.
    • Administrators must review the company’s OSHA-related record-keeping.
    • The facilities must keep proper documentation of all training, violations, and safety-related disciplinary action.

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    Dock worker falls to death

    • A worker at the Port of after a worker fell 50 feet to his death on the deck of a containership owned by the Maersk multinational shipping company in Los Angeles.
    • The worker was a repairman hired through a subcontractor and was responsible for assisting the crew of the Maersk Eindhoven with repair work.
    • OSHA guidelines require a safety net underneath workplaces that are 25 feet or higher in the air when other safeguards such as safety lines are unavailable.
    • This is at least the second death on the Port of Los Angeles in the last 12 months.

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